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Stone Barrington is in Bel-Air, overseeing the grand opening of the ultra-luxe hotel, The Arrington, built on the grounds of the mansion belonging to his late wife, Arrington Carter.

The star-studded gala will be attended by socialites, royalty, and billionaires from overseas . . . and according to phone conversations intercepted by the NSA, it may also have attracted the attention of international terrorists. To ensure the safety of his guests—and the city of Los Angeles—Stone ...

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Overview

Stone Barrington is in Bel-Air, overseeing the grand opening of the ultra-luxe hotel, The Arrington, built on the grounds of the mansion belonging to his late wife, Arrington Carter.

The star-studded gala will be attended by socialites, royalty, and billionaires from overseas . . . and according to phone conversations intercepted by the NSA, it may also have attracted the attention of international terrorists. To ensure the safety of his guests—and the city of Los Angeles—Stone may have to call in a few favors from his friends at the CIA. . . .

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Stuart Wood's 50th book pits the indefatigable Stone Barrington against a nest of terrorists who are insanely determined to turn the opening of a luxurious Bel-Air hotel into a bloodbath. Intense and then more intense; now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Woods’s 50th novel, the 24th entry in his Stone Barrington series (Unnatural Acts, etc.), boasts an all-star lineup, from series fixtures such as Lt. Dino Bacchetti and lawyer Herbie Fisher to Woods’s other series leads, notably U.S. president Will Lee and Holly Barker of the CIA. The event that brings everyone together is the opening of the Arrington, the palatial Bel-Air hotel named for Stone’s late wife, Arrington Carter. The glittering assembly of guests, including Lee and the Mexican president, makes the affair a prime terrorist target. Hints of a clever plan for a horrific attack reach members of various security agencies, who scramble to prevent it. Meanwhile, Stone and his guests try to enjoy the opulent setting with their usual accompaniments of good food, good drink, and good sex. Woods expertly mixes familiar ingredients to produce an intoxicating cocktail that goes down easily. Agent: Anne Sibbald, Janklow & Nesbit. (Sept.)
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Woods's 50th novel—and protagonist Stone Barrington's 24th, if I am counting correctly—takes Barrington to Bel-Air, where a grand hotel called the Arrington is opening on the grounds of the mansion belonging to his late wife. Alas, terrorists threaten to upend the glittering gala.
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What chance does a cabal of bombers have against New York uber-lawyer Stone Barrington; his ex–NYPD partner, Lt. Dino Bacchetti; the CIA's Holly Barker; head of MI-6, Felicity Devonshire; CEO of Strategic Services, Michael Freeman; Woodman & Weld attorney, Herb Fisher; President Will Lee; and his wife, Katharine, Director of the CIA? Determined to avenge the killing of Osama bin Laden, an agent calling himself Algernon has recruited a Pakistani nuclear scientist gone freelance and a trio of lower-level experts to sneak a bomb into the new Los Angeles hotel where President Lee is to meet with his Mexican counterpart for some high-level talks. It's their bad luck that from a distant cellphone conversation in a foreign language, the NSA's computers pick up two English words: "The Arrington." The Arrington just happens to be the brand-new hotel memorializing the late actress Arrington Carter, co-owned by Stone, Strategic Services and Superlative Hotel Management, that's about to open by playing host to the two heads of state and incidentally, a rare concert by Hollywood musical star Immi Gotham. Algernon estimates 2-3 million fatalities from the blast, but that's only if he and his minions can embed themselves in trusted positions in the hotel, smuggle in the nuclear device's component parts, assemble, arm and detonate it, all without arousing enough suspicion to be unmasked. What are the odds? Since the possibility that Woods will kill off virtually his entire stable of regulars (Unnatural Acts, 2012, etc.) is too remote to generate much suspense, fans of this series are left to enjoy the sex, the bling and the reassurance that in Stone's world, "Sometimes everything goes right" with less effort, error and complexity than you could ever hope for in real life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399159848
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Series: Stone Barrington Series , #24
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart Woods

STUART WOODS is the author of fifty novels, including the New York Times–bestselling Stone Barrington and Holly Barker series. He is a native of Georgia and began his writing career in the advertising industry. Chiefs, his debut in 1981, won the Edgar Award. An avid sailor and pilot, Woods lives in New York City, Florida, and Maine.

Biography

Stuart Woods was born in 1938 in Manchester, Georgia. After graduating from college and enlisting in the Air National Guard, he moved to New York, where he worked in advertising for the better part of the 1960s. He spent three years in London working for various ad agencies, then moved to Ireland in 1973 to begin his writing career in earnest.

However, despite his best intentions, Woods got sidetracked in Ireland. He was nearly 100 pages into a novel when he discovered the seductive pleasures of sailing. "Everything went to hell," he quips on his web site "All I did was sail." He bought a boat, learned everything he could about celestial navigation, and competed in the Observer Singlehanded Transatlantic Race (OSTAR) in 1976, finishing respectably in the middle of the fleet. (Later, he took part in the infamous Fastnet Race of 1979, a yachting competition that ended tragically when a huge storm claimed the lives of 15 sailors and 4 observers. Woods and his crew emerged unharmed.)

Returning to the U.S., Woods wrote two nonfiction books: an account of his transatlantic sailing adventures (Blue Water, Green Skipper) and a travel guide he claims to have written on a whim. But the book that jump-started his career was the opus interruptus begun in Ireland. An absorbing multigenerational mystery set in a small southern town, Chiefs was published in 1981, went on to win an Edgar Award, and was subsequently turned into a television miniseries starring Charlton Heston.

An amazingly prolific author, Woods has gone on to pen dozens of compelling thrillers, juggling stand-alone novels with installments in four successful series. (His most popular protagonists are New York cop-turned-attorney Stone Barrington, introduced in 1991's New York Dead, and plucky Florida police chief Holly Barker, who debuted in 1998's Orchid Beach.) His pleasing mix of high-octane action, likable characters, and sly, subversive humor has made him a hit with readers -- who have returned the favor by propelling his books to the top of the bestseller lists.

Good To Know

Some fascinating facts about Stuart Woods:

His first job was in advertising at BBDO in New York, and his first assignment was to write ads for CBS-TV shows. He recalls: "They consisted of a drawing of the star and one line of exactly 127 characters, including spaces, and I had to write to that length. It taught me to be concise."

He flies his own airplane, a single-engine turboprop called a Jetprop, and tours the country every year in it, including book tours.

He's a partner in a 1929 motor yacht called Belle and spends two or three weeks a year aboard her.

In 1961-62, Woods spent 10 months in Germany with the National Guard at the height of the Berlin Wall Crisis.

In October and November of 1979, he skippered a friend's yacht back across the Atlantic, with a crew of six, calling at the Azores, Madeira, and the Canary Islands and finishing at Antigua in the Caribbean.

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    1. Hometown:
      Key West, Florida; Mt. Desert, Maine; New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 9, 1938
    2. Place of Birth:
      Manchester, Georgia
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Georgia, 1959
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    Waste of time

    This was my first and last experience with Stone Barrington books. The plot was lame as thevstory built up to a vast amount of absolute nothingness. The characters seemed like play-doh with no personality behind them. Save your money and get a Lee Childs book instead. I wish I had. I second the reader who would give negativevstars.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2012

    So Awful It's Embarassing

    I have read all of Stuart Woods' Stone Barrington novels, and like them all. They're not rocket science, but they are usually a quick, good read. This one was embarssingly awful. The plot was ridiculous. Don't buy this, don't even borrow it from the library. Your time has value. This one isn't deserving.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    !

    I wish you blamed children woukd go elsewhere for your stupid games. This is a site for BOOK REVIEWS not cat games. This is for ADULTS who wish to discuss books, not have to go thru endless posts about cats, clans and kitty litter. GO AWAY?

    4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Is there a negative number for stars! Weak story and we have r

    Is there a negative number for stars! Weak story and we have read all these books. Wraps up plot in 5 pages. Not worth the time or money!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2012

    Worst WOods sd Worst Stuary Q AWFUL JUST AWFUL

    Worst stuart woods book i ever read

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2013

    I have read/listened to every book Stuart Woods has published.  

    I have read/listened to every book Stuart Woods has published.  After DC Dead I decided to stop.  I was taking a trip and decided to listen to  Unnatural Acts and really liked it.
    Then I bought Severe Clear and it was even worse than DC Dead.  There wasn't enough plot to make an adequate short story and the "conflict" was just stupid.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2012

    Highly disappointed.....

    I have read all of Stuart Woods books. This one was a blend of all his characters (except Teddy Fay) but none seemed to do much. Dino, Holly, Felicity, Peter, Ben etc. just seemed to be thrown in to fill space. The "bad guys" characters were not developed either. I was very disappointed. There was no flow. Having bought ALL of Stuart's past books I may say that he's out of ideas so this may be the last one that I purchase.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    TO ANYONE HERE!!!

    Im locked out of the first result!!!! Please tell Iceh!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    Blazefur

    "I love you, Icestar." &hearts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    Shadowkit

    Were moving

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    Turtlekit

    What do ya wanna do?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    Lilypaw

    "Come!" She runs to blood games res one.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    Blackenedsoul/Deathheart b*&%$!

    Deathheart slinks in next to her sister bites WHOEVER!! <p> Blackenedsoul snarls and attacks.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    Jaguarkit

    She padded back to Bloodclan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    Valley

    Follows

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    Icestar

    Lookdd at jaguarkit. Who are you?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    Darknessfang

    What res are you at

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    Love anything Woods writes...

    Love anything Woods writes but this one did not have the suspense his others have. Stone Barrington is a great character and will read whatever he writes with him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Another enjoyable read

    A typical "in the nick of time" plot line ~ but easy to read and enjoyable just the same. On to Unintended Consequences

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  • Posted June 3, 2013

    No intrigue.  Blah Blah Blah... easy read, perhaps a little ente

    No intrigue.  Blah Blah Blah... easy read, perhaps a little entertaining if you like the characters of Holly Barker and Stone Barrington...but this book has no excitement.  You know the bad guys upfront and of course, you know Barrington and Holly will eventually save the day.  Getting tired of no intrigue from Stuart Woods.... perhaps this writer really is retired and we are purchasing his pension funds.

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